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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

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Cameron’s shield and spear

1 October 2014 17:29

Today’s speech was all about equipping the Tories with the weapons they’ll need to fight the next election. The Cameroons have always been convinced, with justification, that the Tories can… Continue reading

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Why are the Tory party in such a good mood?

1 October 2014 17:20

Two things have been puzzling Tory high-ups in Birmingham this week: does Nigel Farage have another defector in his back pocket, and why is the Tory party in such a… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s speech had classically Tory messages – but it shows he hasn’t given up on modernisation

1 October 2014 16:23

The Tories leave Birmingham in far better heart than when they arrived. They feel that they have succeeded in setting the terms of debate this week. On tax and spending,… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson Stand For Selection As An MP

Loyal Boris rallies the troops

29 September 2014 19:28

Boris Johnson was on loyal form tonight at the Conservative Home rally. He told the audience that the Tory advantage on leadership and the economy would see voters coming over… Continue reading

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Osborne’s speech gambled on voters accepting more austerity

29 September 2014 15:00

George Osborne’s speech to Conservative conference was politically brave. He is gambling that the voting public will applaud his candour about the tough choices that the country is still facing,… Continue reading

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The Tories think that Mark Reckless is beatable — and they have the anger to fight

28 September 2014 15:54

The Tory Party is angry. Making my way into the conference centre, every Tory Minister and MP I bumped into wanted to vent about Mark Reckless. Unlike with Douglas Carswell,… Continue reading

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Scottish Referendum Enters  Final Days Of Campaigning

Cameron: I’ll put immigration at the heart of my EU negotiating strategy

28 September 2014 10:20

If David Cameron needed reminding of how his conference agenda had been stamped on, it came on the Marr show. The Tories’ conference curtain-raiser of reducing the benefit cap, limiting… Continue reading

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Tories ready for tough by-election fight

27 September 2014 16:51

When Douglas Carswell defected, many Tory MPs were quick to say that an aggressive campaign against him would be counter-productive. There is none of that talk today. listen to ‘Podcast… Continue reading

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Tories to offer discounted homes to first-time buyers

27 September 2014 14:16

The Tories have begun to roll out their conference offer to voters. Today, they’ve announced that if re-elected, first time buyers under 40 will be offered properties to buy at… Continue reading

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Commons vote for strikes against IS in Iraq

26 September 2014 17:19

By 524 votes to 43, the House of Commons has voted to support air-strikes against Islamic State in Iraq. The margin of victory is not surprising given how limited the… Continue reading

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If Islamic State is to be defeated, it must be attacked in both Syria and Iraq

26 September 2014 10:27

listen to ‘David Cameron's statement on Isis and Iraq’ on audioBoom Parliament will today vote for the motion authorising air strikes by the RAF against Islamic State in Iraq. The… Continue reading

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Day One - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s unlucky conference

24 September 2014 9:29

Ed Miliband is not having much luck this conference. First, there’s the fact that it has come straight after the Scottish referendum, making it feel a bit small. Second, other… Continue reading

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The deficit and immigration: were there two worse topics for Ed Miliband to forget?

23 September 2014 22:35

No notes speech have been Ed Miliband’s political party trick. His One Nation speech two years ago ended speculation about his leadership and last year’s energy price freeze effort knocked… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Michael Fallon says UK should reconsider military action in Syria to combat ISIS

23 September 2014 14:01

The Ministry of Defence is like a sauna on Sunday. The air circulation system has been switched off and the place is hot—and deserted. Yet when you reach the Secretary… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Miliband’s dividing lines

23 September 2014 13:15

The more we learn about Ed Miliband’s speech (to be given later this afternoon), the clearer the dividing lines that it is drawing are. The word is that Miliband will… Continue reading

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Chuka Umunna: the last disciple of New Labour’s third way

22 September 2014 15:50

Chuka Umunna is the last disciple of the third way standing. At a Times fringe earlier, he was full of praise for centre-left European reformers such as the Italian PM Matteo… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Miliband confronted by the English Question

21 September 2014 10:30

Ed Miliband wouldn’t have wanted to spend his big, pre-conference interview talking about English votes for English law but that’s what he had to do on Marr this morning. Miliband… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Newly Appointed Leader Of The Conservatives In Scotland Ruth Davidson

Have the Scottish Tories been detoxified?

20 September 2014 12:15

The referendum campaign was a mixed experience for the Scottish Tories. On the one hand, it was a reminder of how much they are still hated in Scotland: End Tory… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Labour seeks business support for faster increases in the minimum wage

18 September 2014 15:44

With Labour conference next week, a letter has gone out to business people from Alan Buckle, the senior accountant who Ed Miliband appointed to look at how to boost the minimum… Continue reading

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The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Final polls put No ahead

17 September 2014 22:35

The last YouGov poll of the campaign, which has a far larger than usual sample size, has No ahead 52-48. The last phone poll of the campaign, a Survation effort,… Continue reading

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Salmond’s biggest myth

17 September 2014 18:06

When I asked one leading SNP figure right at the start of this process how they would try and win this referendum, he told me that by the end of… Continue reading

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Sean Connery in Washington DC before receiving the Wallace Award from the American Scottish Foundation. Image: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

A 90-day patriot

16 September 2014 17:33

One question before the independence vote on Thursday is where is the SNP’s most famous celebrity supporter? You might expect Sean Connery to be out rousing the faithful but so… Continue reading

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Pollsters could have got it wrong on the Scottish independence referendum

15 September 2014 15:23

As the political nation waits with bated breath for the Scottish referendum result, the polls are dictating the mood. One showing Yes in the lead led to the abandonment of… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

The case for Britain is being made in Scotland, now it must be made in England too

14 September 2014 11:40

At times in the last few months, it has seemed that if no one was making the case for Britain in Scotland. Too often it seemed that Better Together knew… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Canvasses For Support On The Final Full Day Of The Campaign

Who will revive Scottish Labour?

13 September 2014 12:00

George Galloway announced his support for Gordon Brown as First Minister of Scotland last night. Galloway’s endorsement came as Brown turned up at an event at Usher Hall in Edinburgh… Continue reading

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